[Editor’s Note: Phil Monahan is away this week, so here’s a classic F5 with some great stuff. He will make up for it next week with a killer selection, we assure you.]
Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s collection includes a lot of trailers from the traveling film tours that have become a staple of winter angling entertainment. The first five videos are from the Fly-Fishing Film Tour (F3T), and then there are a couple from the competing International Fly Fishing Film Festival (IF4). Hmn, do you think that 4 must be better than 3? Then what does that say about our little F5? I’ll leave that judgment up to you. Aside from the festival stuff, there’s plenty of great video footage of trout, pike, tarpon, and more. The locations range from New Zealand the the Faroe Islands to Georgia (Republic of) and Slovenia. Remember, we surf so you don’t have to. But if you do stumble upon something great that you think is worthy of inclusion in a future FFF, please post it in the comments below. See you next week with a fresh set of films!
We kick things off with a fly-fishing trip to deepest, darkest. . .Washington, DC. Fishing where few people would think to, these guys have got the Potomac River wired for a plethora of species. They’ve got it so good, they don’t even think of traveling elsewhere.
This film looks at the history of California’s McCloud River, ground zero for the world’s rainbow-trout population. The film also looks to the future, when humans stop asking so much of a river that has already given enough.
We have posted twice about a group of anglers heading to the Republic of Georgia to fly fishing in rivers that had never seen the long rod before. (See here and here.) Now here’s a trailer for the video that came of that journey of discovery.
The Catskills are known as the “Cradle of American Fly Fishing,” and this trailer looks at the tradition and culture of fly-fishing in the East. Set against the backdrop of the western Catskills, the film invites viewers to float the West Branch of the Upper Delaware with professional guides Joe Demalderis, Jim “Coz” Costolnick, and Ryan Furtak.
When I was a kid, I saw a TV show about spin fishermen targeting sheefish in northwestern Alaska, and ever since then, I’ve been fascinated with the species. Here’s a trailer for a film that follows a group as it attempts to figure out how to catch inconnu on the fly.
This video isn’t the best quality, but it makes up for its lack of technical wizardy with sheer enthusiasm. The giddy laughter of the angler holding his tarpon at the end is infectious.
Tracy Moore is a wedding photographer from Billings, but her fly-fishing videos are a lot of fun. Here, she heads out with her husband to Alaska, and her excitement at catching salmon and huge rainbows is written all over her face.
Our only entry from New Zealand this week is nontypical. Rather than stalking and spotting single fish, these anglers are faced with dozens of smaller midge sippers. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a rise like this in a Kiwi video.
Aside from the great Alaskan rainbows (especially that one near the end), this video offers great energy and a real sense of fun. It’s been a while since I traveled to the Last Frontier, but I’m ready to go back.
The western Pyranees is one of my favorite places in the world to fish. Here’s a trailer for a video from the folks at flymage, featuring some excellent action, beautiful browns, and narration in English that sounds right out of the 1980s.
Norbert Renaud chases big pike on the fly in his latest vlog installment. (Hasn’t that word gone out of style yet?) The dramatic music gives the whole thing a Jack Bauer vibe. Oh, no! We only have 3 minutes before this pike explodes!
Here’s a 2012 roundup from the Norwegian fishing community DittFiske. It’s really just a montage, but there are some cool shots and gorgeous fish. There’s a little bit of baitcasting and spinning, but we won’t hold that against them.
This is an old video by R.A. Beattie that just appeared on vimeo for some reason. I figured that many of you had not seen it, and it’s one of my favorites.
I’m not sure we’ve ever offered a jetty-fishing video on the F5, and this one is actually lots of fun. These guys just happened to be shooting on a once-in-a-lifetime kind of day.
We’ve featured a few videos shot in the Faroe Islands, and I’m always blown away by the landscape. The fish aren’t so bad, either, and the filmmaking is quite good.
When you think taimen, you probably think Mongolia, but there’s also a European version—the Huchen, or Danube salmon. I suspect that this guy knew the fish was there before he turned on the camera, and it is a gorgeous Huchen.